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Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 20th, 2016


A. Front

To celebrate the release of Rick’s latest album “50” which debuted at #1 on the UK albums chart, his first number one album in twenty nine years.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” is a single by Rick Astley, released in 1987, written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was released as the first single from his debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody (1987). The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at the top the chart for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and West Germany. “Never Gonna Give You Up” hit number one in the U.S. in March 1988 after it was played by resident DJ, Larry Levan, at the Paradise Garage in 1987.

Never Gonna Give You Up (Cake Mix) 5:46
Never Gonna Give You Up (Instrumental) 6:19
Never Gonna Give You Up 3:31

Never Gonna Give You Up (Escape To New York Mix) 7:02
Mixed By – The Extra Beat Boys

Never Gonna Give You Up (Escape From Newton Mix) 6:23

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 Never Gonna Give You Up U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1987 Never Gonna Give You Up U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #1
1987 Never Gonna Give You Up U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #1
1987 Never Gonna Give You Up U.S. Billboard Hot Dance /Maxi-Singles Sales #1


Label: RCA Victor ‎– 6784-1-RD
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: House, Dance-pop

Engineer – Mark McGuire, Mike Duffy
Mixed By – Mixmaster Pete Hammond* (tracks: A1 to A3, B2)
Producer – Stock / Aitken / Waterman*
Written-By – Stock / Aitken / Waterman*

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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25 Responses to “Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    This really freaked me out Paul, because I just found out earlier today that Rick has a new album and that got me to thinking about his back catalog. Wow, you’re quite amazing in the way you pick up on vibrations and things. Tremendous stuff, really. And, it’s so cool for me too in that, (big swallow coming on), I’ve never heard the full 12-inch. I know the Hot Tracks version, but this will be new for me. Thanks as always for this twelve Paul. I am really pumped right now.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    His new album is titled “50” because he just turned 50. The album debuted at #1 on the UK albums chart, his first in 29 years. Enjoy Jeff! 🙂


  2. Rodolfo Says:

    I knew the day would come when you couldn’t resist to ‘rickrolled’ us. Thanks for sharing.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rodolfo. I love being rickrolled 🙂


  3. Steveasian Says:

    His twelves ruled the clubs back in the days. Can’t wait for your rips on those memorable dance tracks.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I know I was amazed when I was looking up the chart info #1 everywhere 🙂


  4. Fred Says:

    Great rip Paul! I know Paul’s quality is awesome but Rick’s Whenever You Need Somebody (Remastered) 2-cd set is loaded with tons and tons of mixes…including all from this 12″.


    PWLMixmaster Reply:

    I will take a high resolution DjPaulT rip any day over a poorly mastered over processed CD.


    Fred Reply:

    I’m not sure where you were going with that comment. But here goes:

    Of course…who wants a POOR cd quality version of the exact same track that sounds FANTASTIC from a vinyl rip? Nobody. You’re stating the obvious.

    What you seem to be implying is that all remastered sets with bonus material are of poor quality (at least the bonus material). They aren’t. You have to weigh (and listen to) your options. Some are fantastic quality…some are very good…and some are meh.

    Some remastered/deluxe/expanded cd sets are using poor source materials to begin with…some sets have inferior humans at the controls…and yet some sets include tracks/mixes that you don’t have at all which is a really nice bonus…and the list goes on with good and bad examples of cd media. But it’s not about the media and all about whoever is in charge of the mastering.

    What’s awesome about cd and cd source material is that they don’t have the pops and clicks that are evident in 100% of vinyl. Therefore, comparing identical tracks, cd versions will always beat vinyl in regards to pops and clicks. Then you move on to the skillset of the mastering people…those mastering the cd and those mastering the vinyl (in this case, Paul would be the vinyl master 🙂 ). Remember, Paul removes the pops and clicks (for a long time automatically with software until he found issues…now I think he does it all by ear)…digital/cd original master recordings simply don’t have those artifacts to worry about.

    My comment was not to start a cd vs. vinyl vs. Paul’s rips debate/war. I am a huge collector (and ex dj) of vinyl…and of cd. Do yourself a favor and try some of the remastered sets of your favorite artists. Even if you find that you like Paul’s rips better, you may end up finding various other mixes on the cd that Paul didn’t post…or that sound better (in some respects or all respects) to Paul’s rip.

    You and I (and I’m sure an extremely high percentage of other visitors here) can agree that Paul’s work is stunning…absolutely stunning. He uses mint or near-mint vinyl on great hardware with a very good ear and packages it all up nicely on a blog with info, pictures, track data, and other tidbits. Trust me, I love this site! 🙂


    Joey Reply:

    Well, I have the 12″ the 2CD set and I still want to check this out because I’d like to hear the difference. Honestly, this is one of my favorite 12″ records of all time, but as with a lot of what is posted here I have the originals but thanks to the magic touch Paul the records have something extra. This site offers is a place to find out about a lot of great records from back in the day. Paul occupies that place as a DJ and one who informs as well as entertains. As with many club tracks a lot of the stuff you could never buy but only enjoy, unless you got the promo, the same goes here, however, I encourage anyone who finds something they love here to go forth and experience more of what the artists have to offer I know I have. And besides that, it’s is so cool that Rick has topped the charts again, hopefully he gets around to releasing his version of Uptown Funk.


  5. NKelly Says:

    Awesome. Another great 12″ gets the BTG treatment and it seems that all of the mixes are here together!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Neil 🙂


  6. ex15 Says:

    Classic SAW release, thanks.

    As for for Rik’s latest rubbish, depressing to say the least, hate it!!

    Thanks as always Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I love his new album I found his new single “Angels On My Side” very uplifting. He wrote, produced and played all instruments.


  7. giorgio-greece Says:

    whenever you need somebody i never gonna give u up!together forever with DjPaulT!!!!

    love u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you giorgio-greece 🙂


  8. Locutus Says:

    First of all, Thank You for posting this! It’s a great one for sure.

    The issue with the 2CD remastered ones is simply that these idiots don’t know how to leave the dynamic range alone. They suffer from noticeable peak limiting/compression to make them louder & that doesn’t make them better except to untrained ears.
    They’re not horribly done like so many other remasters, but it is a noticeable difference that can be heard/seen/measured. Go ahead & play that first pressing vs. the RM & see which one makes those power meters on your amp swing a little more as the beat hits you with a bit more impact where it counts.

    The Dynamic Range measurement of the original is DR14 (indicating excellent dynamics)
    The RM’s rating is: DR11 (still decent dynamics in the music. If you’ve never heard the original, you may not think anything is wrong with it).

    Sadly, his latest album is crushed to death to where there is simply no life left in the so called music at all. It rates a DR5.
    A high DR rating is no guarantee of excellent sound – there’s plenty of bad records with good dynamics. However, a low rating (below DR8) is a safe bet that there’s little but “loud” left to hear. You don’t have to be an audiophile or have a massive system to understand & hear that without soft, there can be no loud.

    Hopefully, as is trendy today I hope that his latest album with be issued on vinyl with a unique mastering that rates DR11 or higher. If it was initially mixed that way in the studio, then that master exists & hopefully we’ll get to hear it.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for all the info Locutus the DR of my rip is 13. His new album is available on vinyl only from his web store I believe.


  9. Music_fan Says:

    Rick Astley’s new album: ’50’ is a new entry at number one in this week’s UK top 40 album chart. His first number one album in 29 years!


  10. Music_fan Says:

    “Rick Astley’s new album: ’50’ is a new entry at number one in this week’s UK top 40 album chart. His first number one album in 29 years!”


    31 years, I think! Whenever You Need Somebody – Release date: 16 November 1987

    I agree with DJ Paul. Rick’s new album is good. “I Like The Sun” is sort of like Rick’s James Bond theme. 🙂 I think Rick would be the ideal singer for the next James Bond theme and with his new found success you never know… he might have a small chance.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am so happy that he is enjoying a bit of a comeback. I agree he would do a great Bond theme 🙂


  11. Peter F Says:

    Thanks for posting this, Paul! Rick Astley had/s a powerful, expressive voice. I have a soft spot for SAW – Astley, Bananarama, Dead Or Alive – a classic sound that reminds you that you’re alive. They did well by him. Just two days ago, I saw yet another dis of Astley on some webpage. ‘Cause y’know, this isn’t “serious” music, like, um, ELP or Led Zep. Tho I’m straight, I see a lot of homophobia in hatred of “dance music”; go back to late 70s disco, stir in some racism, and Voila!, you have the ‘Disco Sucks’ crowd. Fortunately, my hometown of New York didn’t have much of that, which was rife in the more reactionary parts of the US (I don’t know the UK history). So, sorry.. I didn’t mean to draft a rambling polemic, but this clearly bothers me and, really, it’s sad. As the late Rodney King asked, “Can’t we all just get along?” I want to end on an up note, however, and say “thank you” again for this post and for creating a fine blog. It’s clear that you put a lot of effort into BTG. You are truly The Hardest-Working Man in Blogdom, Blog Brother #1 and The Blogfather of 12-inch Singles… DJ Paaauuulll T! Best wishes.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you so much Peter that was a very thoughtful comment. I truly agree with every word you said. I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it’s the same here dance music is not the most popular genre it’s either classic rock or country. I just wish people could broaden their minds. Thank you again 🙂


  12. Dirk Says:

    No no no no no – even the association with this track cringes my spine. Totally abused song like non other in history. All my memories for ever tainted with juvenile jokes by people i don’t call friends..
    I don’t ever wanna see his video or hear one line again (well, maybe after therapy and a few years in a medical environment).

    But, don’t let me discourage you knewbies to enjoy the wonders of “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley – maybe just do not google it.


  13. Jaden Says:

    Dammit second time I got rick-rolled this week. Anyway, thanks for the rip, I will enjoy this!


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